Back in the fall, after a few months as a Dave Ramsey devotee, I started hearing about this guy Jon Acuff who had written a book called Quitter. I’ve yet to actually read Quitter, but I became a huge fan of Jon’s blog and his point of view.
A few weeks ago, I received an invite to be part of the Launch team to help launch Jon’s new book Start. (affiliate link) I immediately said yes. I had already bought tickets to the Start launch event, and this was just an extra way to get involved.
The Start event was earlier this evening, and it was amazing! I’ve captured many of my tweets over in a Storify post, but I also wanted to put a quick post up about the event.
First, the thing that the tweets can’t convey is how funny Jon Acuff is and how great he is on stage. I’ve seen some of his clips, but never seen a full event and it was amazing. He comes from a very Christian background, and it is so refreshing to have someone be funny and talk about great business ideas without needing to swear and be vulgar. I thought the opening of both the first and the second “acts” were slightly contrived and a bit “precious”, but the almost two hours he spent center stage made up for any of that.
There were really two items that *really* resonated with me the most:
- Don’t compare your beginnings with someone else’s middle. I do this *so much* with my blogging and other writing. I want to be seen as a “thought leader” and compare myself to others in the space — especially people that are blogging full-time. I need to set my goals instead of comparing myself to others.
- You have to leave your voices behind. Jon gave a 3-step plan for combating fear (aka the voices in our head): write them down, refute them, and share them with others. I spend a good part of my life feeding the voices in my head. Many were started in childhood and others have been introduced over the years. I need to start combating them one by one.
Jon is announcing on Monday where the Start tour is headed next, and if it comes to your area, it’s definitely worth it to go. I would also highly recommend getting the his new book Start. (affiliate link) It’s available for pre-order now and will be out April 22.